Temporary protection is typically associated with mass displacement arising from generalized violence or mass human rights violations, where return within a short period of time is assumed to be viable. The implementation of the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive for Ukrainian refugees is an example of this approach. In addition, many of European states have adopted asylum policies and practices that place time limits on protection for refugees even in the absence of sustainable return prospects.

This panel, hosted by the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) brings practitioners and researchers into conversation to discuss refugee protection in the UK through a temporal lens including measures that introduce insecurity of residence after the grant of status such as safe return reviews and the temporary protection status proposed in the Nationality and Borders Bill, refugee experiences of precarity and temporariness, and refugee encounters of temporariness through the immigration system.


• Esra Kaytaz (Coventry University) and Jessica Schultz (Chr Michelsen Institute, Bergen), Temporary Protection as a Durable Solution? The ‘return turn’ in asylum policies in Europe’ (TemPro)

• Mariam Kemple Hardy, Refugee Action

• Andy Sirel, JustRight Scotland 


CMI Report | 2021

Temporal governance, protection elsewhere and the ‘good’ refugee: a study of the shrinking scope of asylum within the UK

In recent years European countries have introduced increasingly temporary terms of asylum for people with a recognized need for protection. This study traces the temporary turn in the UK, where...
Jessica Schultz, Esra Kaytaz (2021)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report 2021:06) 32 p.